We say it so often, so casually, so easily. Do we even know what that means?
Christ is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Mashiach which means Messiah. Actually a better way to say it would be Jesus the Christ or Jesus the Messiah.
It’s a title, it’s actually not Jesus’ last name.
So what does Messiah or Mashiac mean? It literally means “the anointed One.” In other words, one who has been anointed for a specific purpose or task. It’s another way to refer to a King but prophets, priests, and even instruments for the Temple were all anointed. As far as people go, however, prophets, priests, and kings were the only ones anointed.
When you say Jesus Christ or Jesus Messiah you are proclaiming Jesus is the King.
And not just any King either.
This is the King who was foretold by a pagan prophet when he said, “A star shall come out of Jacob and a scepter shall rise out of Israel.” (Num 23:17)
Or by Jacob when he declared “The scepter will not depart from Judah nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs, and the obedience of the nations is his.” (Gen 49:10)
This is the King who reigns now but not everyone recognizes Him. And sometimes it feels like the world spinning out of control.
But one day, this King will return.
The babe will come back as a man,
the Lamb as a Lion.
Rev 19. Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. …From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. … On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
Take heart, Believer, and be encouraged. This is Jesus. This baby in a manger is a mighty King. And He has been anointed to rule the nations. He is the One we praise and worship this day. And one day, everyone will see it.